Weekly News Roundup: May 23 to May 27

In art, antiques and collectibles news, The Beatles make an appearance, Jane Austen’s unpublished manuscript goes on the block, and watches are a good time for Sotheby’s.

From The Associated Press:
Photos of Beatles’ 1st US concert to be auctioned

Mike Mitchell was only 18 in 1964 when he managed to get up close to The Beatles in Washington, D.C., where they were to perform their first American concert. Mitchell snagged a press pass and shot photos of the Fab Four, which Simeon Lipan, a consultant for Christie’s, says have incredible quality. The photos are “. . . very animated. The light is very interesting. They’re very intimate shots.” And now the 50 gelatin prints could bring in $100,000.

From MSN:
Jane Austen manuscript may sell for up to $485,000

Jane Austen was no slouch when it came to writing. She produced six published novels, poems, prayers, other assorted works, all in a short lifetime of 41 years. An unpublished manuscript will be auctioned in July with an estimate at between $323,800 and $485,700. “The Watsons” is looked upon as important to scholars, showing “not just of how Jane Austen composed and revised her work, but also of how her other manuscripts must have looked before they were edited by her publishers.”

From Reuters:
Sotheby’s sees HK watch sales up one-third in 2011

It would appear Hong Kong likes watches if the Sotheby’s sales results are any indication. It’s only May, and already the auction house has racked up $9.6 million. In 2010, sales in Hong Kong totaled $14 million. Sotheby’s expects the 2011 purchases to keep on pace.

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